Employee Wellness Amazing Challenge

The Employee Wellness Amazing Challenge will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 29. 

If you're not familiar with Amazing Challenge, it's loosely based on the TV show "The Amazing Race." Teams complete a series of challenges while they race toward the finish line. Challenges are a mix of physical activity and mental challenges or puzzles. Each challenge needs to be completed in order to receive a clue to move forward. While this can be a competitive race for many teams; this can also be a fun family event completed at your own pace. The challenge usually takes two to three hours to complete.

Start thinking about building a team of colleagues, friends or family. Michigan Tech retirees are welcome. Teams are limited to four adults, although for those teams that are made up of families with young children, we do allow more than four members. Register here by July 7.

The winning team gets bragging rights as the Amazing Challenge winner. HuskyPAW members will receive bonus points for participating.

Volunteers are needed for this event. If interested contact Shannon Brodeur.

Chemical Sciences and Engineering Building Closure Saturday and Sunday

As part of the University Chemical Stores Facility Project, contractors have to relocate the water main that is behind the Chemical Sciences and Engineering Building. This means that we will have to temporarily shut off the water to the entire building.

All water service will be off too: toilets, sinks, labs, eye washes/safety showers, etc.

In addition, the water will be off for the courtyard "bubble" greenhouse.

This work will take place on Saturday (June 24) and Sunday (June 25). If everything runs as expected water service will be restored at end of the day on Sunday.

To protect the safety of the campus community, the building will be closed:

  • Start time midnight Friday night
  • End time midnight Sunday night

During this closure, no one will be allowed to occupy the building and card access will be turned off.

Direct questions about the work to Facilities Management. Direct questions about the building closure to Environmental Health and Safety.

In the News

Alumna Roxane Gay (RTC) was the guest on "The Daily Show" with Trevor Noah on Monday, discussing her new book, "Hunger." See here. Gay is the author of Bad Feminist and Difficult Women, and teaches English at Purdue University. She also appeared on NPR's "Fresh Air." The interview can be heard here.


WXIX-TV (Cincinnati, Ohio) and other TV stations around the country reported that the DENSO North America Foundation has awarded nearly $1 million in grants to 22 colleges and universities, including Michigan Tech. The grants are designed to help prepare the next generation of technologically skilled workers. See here.


Break to Educate with Sponsored Programs Today

Sponsored Programs invites you to a "Break to Educate" session. This event will take place at 10:30 a.m. today in Memorial Union Alumni Lounge A.

For this session, bring questions and your suggestions on topics that you would be interested in learning more about. We encourage you to forward this information to those you feel may benefit from these sessions.

If you have any questions regarding our "Break to Educate" sessions and to RSVP, email rlwadess@mtu.edu.


Continuous Improvement Connection

Interested in how you can improve the waste around you? Feel free to contact us or stop by our office is located at 136W Wadsworth Hall, send us an email at improvement-l@mtu.edu or check out our website to learn more about the waste-saving tools available to you.

Have you identified waste in one of your processes and aren't sure how to fix it? Request an Improvement event by visiting our website, we're always happy to help.


Wild Foods Class Offered During Track B; Online with Field Component

Can I eat that? A question commonly asked about plants seen when hiking or biking the trails in the Keweenaw. This summer, a new one-credit, online course with three consecutive field days near the end, is being offered to better acquaint students with plants of the Boreal Forest, as well as foraging and exploring their uses. Students will study ethnobotany and ecological restoration, look to the knowledge of indigenous peoples and their relationship with plant teachings, and review phytochemical analysis of nutritious and medicinal plants.

Email Tara Bal to register (FW4500) or for more information. Karena Schmidt will conduct the local field outings tentatively scheduled for July 28-30.


Chemstore Closed

The Chemstore will be closed next week from June 26-30. It will re-open on Monday, July 3.


Bridge Closures

On Thursday, June 22, the Portage Lake Lift Bridge will have several brief (up to 20-minute) closures on the northbound and southbound lanes. The closures are expected to occur between midnight and 4 a.m.


Michigan Tech Athletics earned silver recognition at the National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators (NACMA) "Best Of" Awards earlier this week at the organization's 26th annual convention in Florida.

The Huskies were awarded for Blizzard T. Husky and Wildcat Willy promotional videos from the October hockey series between Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan. Tech earned the award in the Digital Video Segment category. See here.

On The Road

Lindsay Hiltunen, University Archivist at the Michigan Tech Archives, recently traveled to the Michigan Archival Association annual meeting, held in Traverse City from June 14-16. Hiltunen chaired one session and also presented on a panel session entitled "Mines, Skylines, and Sandstone: Architectural Records in Michigan."

New Funding

Sigrid Resh (SFRES), is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $47,957 research and development grant from the US Department of Agriculture —US Forest Service. Christopher Webster (SFRES) is the Co-PI on the project "Michigan Tech and US Forest Service, KISMA Agreement." This is a two-year project.
Evan Kane (SFRES/ESC), is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $83,000 grant from the US Department of Agriculture—US Forest Service. The five-year project is titled "Incorporating Design Thinking and Lean Response of Forest and Peatland Ecosystem to Environmental Change: A Continuation."
Kristen Schmitt (SFRES/ESC) is the principal investigator on a project that has entered into a $100,000 agreement with the US Department of Agriculture—US Forest Service, Northern Research Station. The project is titled "Responding to Climate Change Risks: Service for the USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub. This is a Four-year and 11-month project.
Patricia Butler (SFRES/ESC) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $400,000, grant from the US Department of Agriculture—US Forest Service, Northern Research Station. The project is titled "Climate Change, Forests, and Water: Adaptation Resources, Tools, and Demonstrations." This is a five-year project.
Feng Zhao (Bio Med/LSTI) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $310,000 research and development grant from the National Science Foundation. The project is titled "Anisotropic Human Mesenchymal Stem Cell Path with Oriented Vasculature." This is a three-year project.